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Jesus said, “My teaching is not My own. It comes from Him who sent Me. If anyone chooses to do God’s will, he will find out whether My teaching comes from God or whether I speak on My own. He who speaks on his own does so to gain honor for himself, but he who works for the honor of the one who sent him is a man of truth; there is nothing false about him.”

Know and understand this, elect, a man who works for the honour of Satan who sent him is more of a man of truth than anyone who comes in the Name of Jesus but has not found out for himself whether the teachings of Jesus are from God or whether Jesus has been speaking on His own. For the man who works for the honour of Satan who sent him knows who Satan is and what Satan is, for if you have been deceived by Satan into working for him for his honour, you are not really working for Satan as you are working for a lie. As such, the man who works for the honour of Satan who sent him knows who Satan is, as Jesus said, “He was a murderer from the beginning, not holding to the truth, for there is no truth in him. When he lies, he speaks his native language, for he is a liar and the father of lies.” And with this knowledge, if such a person is still prepared to work for Satan’s honour, then such a man is also a man of truth, and being a man of truth, he can never remain with the father of lies. So, anyone who works for the honour of Satan is either deceived, in which case he is not a man of truth, or if he is not deceived yet still works for Satan, he can never remain working for him because he is a man of truth. Which means Satan can never have anyone who is a man of truth, who has nothing false about him, working for him. Because of this, everyone who works for Satan has something false about him, something that cannot pass the test of truth and reality, and as such, whatever he plans, whatever he purposes, whatever he is working on, will always collapse at some point in time and dissolve into the nothingness that belongs to fantasies and lies. That is the weakness of all who are not men of truth… for when you do not have the quality of a man of truth in whom there is nothing false about him, all your plans, all your life, with time will dissolve into the nothingness that is the void that consumes all fantasies and lies.

As such, even though a man who works for the honour of Satan who sent him is more of a man of truth than many who come in the Name of Jesus, no such man can or will even exist because of what it means and what it takes to be a man of truth. So have no fear, for you will never have to face a man of truth who works for Satan, whether that Satan is the devil himself or someone who does not have in mind the things of God, who then is a ‘satan’ like Peter became.

As such, as formidable as the false prophet can seem as an enemy, especially when he adds to his power of signs, wonders and miracles, the authority that Satan will give him, he himself, that is, the false prophet, can never be a man of truth, for no one sent him and he works for no one’s honour. He is just like Satan, one who works for his own honour because no one sent him in the first place, and as such, like each other, neither can ever be a man or person of truth.

As for the image of the beast that is raised to life – the politician who will be the beast like his two masters, Satan and the false prophet – he can never be a man of truth either, for no man can serve two masters, as Jesus said either he will love one or hate the other. And yet this politician must serve both Satan from whom he received his authority and the false prophet upon whom he depends for his very life. Without either one, he has no authority or life… the lack of either one would render him useless as the beast, and the kings of the world would never submit to him.

As such, elect, before you come to know and understand what a man of truth is so that with time you will become one, know and understand the enemy can never be or have a man of truth in whom is nothing false in their ranks. And because of this truth, then also does it behoove on each of you to personally become such a man of truth in whom is nothing false.

Consider then the battle of Jonathan and his armour bearer, the battle of Pas Dammin, the battle of the field of lentils… each time with one or two men God overcame a far superior army so that the Israelite army was only needed to do the mopping up. Likewise, the availability of a few ‘men of truth’ will ensure that no matter how large the ‘Philistine’ army may be or how frightened the ‘Israelite’ army may be, the victory will still go to God.

Now, not everyone who is sent by God and who works for the honour of God who sent him can be or is a man of truth either. If it were that simple, then we would have an invincible church by now, not a floundering church whose leaders need bodyguards and bulletproof cars. The reason for this is simple and you have been trained to overcome the problem for the last nine years… the reason for this is because not everyone whom God sends and who honestly, whole heartedly works for His honour has taken the time out to “…find out whether My teaching comes from God or whether I speak on My own,” as Jesus said.

What does it mean, this finding out if Jesus’ teachings come from God or not? You say, “But I believe in Jesus and His words, is that not sufficient? I even practise His words, is that not sufficient?” If that were, then all who believe in Jesus and His words and even put them into practice, working for His glory and honour, would surely be men of truth in whom is nothing false, and the world would have beheld the wonders of the ministries of the men of truth in these last 2000 years, just as the Galileans beheld the wonders of Jesus’ ministry and were amazed. However, we all know there has never been a single individual whose ministry of signs and wonders has ever even come near or equaled the ministry of the original Man of Truth, Jesus Christ. For despite all faith and well meaning obedience, few have found out for themselves whether the teachings of Jesus come from God or from Himself.

The power of this lays not in the fact that much of Jesus’ teachings are neglected and not practised, but rather, in the fact that so much of what the church teaches and practises is not the teachings of Jesus.

Why would you subtract or add to a person’s teaching that comes from God unless you do not believe his teaching comes from God or you have not found out if it comes from God? You may have read it, you may have heard of it, and you may have believed and practised what you have read… but who has found out if the teachings of Jesus come from God or whether it comes from Jesus?

If the teachings of Jesus come from Jesus, then He has been speaking on His own, in which case, by His own definition, He is not a Man of Truth. And if such is the case, why bother following or listening to Him, and if you do, you are merely propagating the teachings of One who is not a Man of Truth. What a waste of your time and everyone else’s… and what motivates you to do such a thing? Greed?

You see, Jesus said, “If anyone chooses to do God’s will, he will find out whether My teaching comes from God or whether I speak on My own.” Anyone who chooses to do God’s will and has found out for himself that Jesus’ teachings do come from God, will never add or subtract or detract from the narrow teachings of Jesus.

Indeed, if James the Younger had taken the time to listen and observe his half Brother and had believed in Him when He was still on Earth, then he would have found out if Jesus’ teachings came from God. If he did, he would have never stood up in Acts 15.13-21 and said, “Brothers, listen to me. Simon has described to us how God at first showed His concern by taking from the Gentiles a people for Himself. The words of the prophets are in agreement with this, as it is written: ‘After this I will return and rebuild David’s fallen tent. Its ruins I will rebuild, and I will restore it, that the remnant of men may seek the Lord, and all the Gentiles who bear My Name, says the Lord, who does these things’ that have been known for ages. It is my judgment, therefore, that we should not make it difficult for the Gentiles who are turning to God. Instead we should write to them, telling them to abstain from food polluted by idols, from sexual immorality, from the meat of strangled animals and from blood. For Moses has been preached in every city from the earliest times and is read in the synagogues on every Sabbath.”

For such are not the words of someone who has found out for himself whether the teachings of Jesus are from God! For James did not direct us to the practice of the words God gave Jesus, but to the words God gave Moses! Why? Unless he was not certain, unless he himself had not found out for himself that the words of Jesus are from God, and being the Son of God, that the words of Jesus are as superior to the words of Moses as the position of a Son is superior to the position of any servant, any apostle, any prophet and any king.

And when the disciples present condoned James’ recommendations and sent their infamous letter of Acts 15.23, they had in fact put in writing that they too had not found out for themselves that the teachings of Jesus are from God and not only from God as God would give to a servant, but from God as a Father would give to a Son.

You see, if you take the time and find out for yourself if the words/teachings of Jesus are from God, your journey would take you to the place where you would have found out that not only are the teachings of Jesus from God, but that they are the teachings that a Father gave to a Son and not the teachings a Master gave to a servant.

You see, the teachings Moses received from God are the teachings that a Master gave to a servant; that a King gave to a people, but not that which a Father gave to a Son. So then if you know that you would realise no servant of God, no matter what he claims himself to be, has any teaching or word superior to that of Jesus! For even the woman who was the mother was but a handmaiden of God, a servant. You would only listen to her if you did not know or believe Jesus is the Son of God, but you believed that Jesus is only her Son, so that her wisdom and knowledge might be superior to Jesus. You would only listen to Moses or Elijah if you were not convinced that Jesus is the Son, which is why God came and told the three, “This is My beloved Son, with whom I am well pleased; listen to Him!” after Peter wanted to build three shelters to keep Moses and Elijah in their presence in the hope of hearing what they were saying to Jesus. Jesus was only listening to Moses and Elijah as a Son listens to the report of the servants of the household, reminding Him what the Father’s plans are, and not as another servant listening to other servants giving Him instructions from the Master.

You see, elect, to find out for yourself whether the teachings of Jesus are from God, you would first have to listen to God’s commendation of Jesus and you would have to believe it. Since all God ever said of Jesus has been, “This is My Son…” at His water baptism and at His transfiguration, now why would you want to substitute the words of servants with His? And since God’s only command is to listen to Jesus, why would you want to listen to James the Younger who was neither a disciple nor a believer of Jesus during the days of Jesus’ ministry? Now do you see why you have been put through your training to listen to Him and to practise His words, to put them into practice enough so that you have found out for yourself that yes, the teachings of Jesus are from God, but wait, more than that, that the teachings of Jesus are the teachings of a good Father to a well pleasing, beloved Son.

It is only after you have found out for yourself from whom the teachings of Jesus come, that you are ready to be a man of truth yourself… even as you choose to do God’s will and live the life of being the weapon in God’s right hand as Jesus is the Man of Truth.

If you have not done so, if you have not arrived at this conclusion yet, do not fret… there is still a little time… repent and double your efforts to find out for yourself if the teachings of Jesus are from God. Then you will be truly ready to work for His honour, for you have truly honoured Him. How could James the Younger in Acts 15 say he was working for the honour of Jesus when, in truth, he had not honoured Jesus at His word?

So, like Shammah, do not turn your eyes to look at the fleeing army, but fix your eyes on the advancing Philistines and know that you too, on your day, will be able to give a true account of yourself before God in the face of His enemies. So, grip the shield of faith, tighten that belt of truth, dig into the ground with the shoes of the gospel of peace, trust in your breastplate of righteousness and have your mind covered by the helmet of salvation, even as you lay your hand on the only weapon that can win the day for you – the sword of the Spirit, the word of God that He has recalled to your heart – and stand, remembering these words of the Lord Jesus, “By standing firm you will gain life.”

And stand you can… if you have the knowledge that the teachings of Jesus are from God, and more than just stand… you will advance against the hordes when you know that they are the teachings of the good Father to His well pleasing and beloved Son, and you will smite and overcome everyone who dishonours Their relationship.

Praise be to God the Father and the Son who gave such a life as this that we can be men and women of truth as well.

To be continued…

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